A man was sentenced to nine years in the Department of Corrections after being connected to a string of neighborhood burglaries in St. Joseph.
According to a press release from the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 27-year-old Logan R. Tipton was sentenced by Judge Patrick Robb after testimony at the sentencing hearing from the homeowner who confronted the burglar and the detective that investigated the string of burglaries.
According to the press release, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Michelle Davidson, called witnesses to disprove the defendant’s statements that he had never displayed a weapon during the burglary and that, at the time, his use of drugs caused him to mistakenly believe he was at his friend’s house.
Detective Jeffrey Pearl testified that Tipton was responsible for several burglaries in the area and was seen on video attempting, unsuccessfully, to break into a neighbor’s house on the same day that he was discovered inside the victim’s residence. The victim of the burglary described the confrontation with Tipton and testified that the defendant pointed a handgun at him before leaving the residence.
As previously reported, Tipton was arrested in December after being discovered carrying stolen items from another home he was burglarizing in the same neighborhood. When confronted by police, he barricaded himself in the home and refused to leave. After a four hour standoff, officers were able to safely take him into custody.